I don’t usually post anything on Fridays other than the New Angle game, but in light of last night’s tragedy, my heart is heavy today, and my pen longs to bleed…
The screams of “our lives matter” and demands for justice for the death of brothers, with the resulting applause for the stealing of the lives of the very men sworn to protect all, reveal a heart of hypocrisy.
Your life doesn’t carry significance simply because of its tone or contrast. One life is not of higher quality due to its origin. The value of your life is just that: because you are a living, breathing human being.
The lives that were slaughtered near the midnight hour on July 7 were not lives of value because of their skin color, and they were not wielding swords to kill their assassins. They did not throw fiery darts just before the bullets pierced their ashen skin.
No, these men and women were standing watch on a wall. Sworn to defend and protect the innocent lives who stood in protest. Doesn’t matter if these fallen soldiers were or weren’t in agreement with the march; their oath was to defend, to protect, and to shield the innocent from harm. Yet, while they stood as pillars of strength, men of cowardly hearts came with evil intent and annihilated the very strength on which our nation stands.
This strength does not come because of the color of skin you were birthed nor does it remain because of the hues you now have gained. This strength comes from fighting day in and day out for the cause of the innocent. This strength is birthed in the chambers of integrity, love and a desire for peace among all. This strength is paid for at all cost. For life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not so easily won. It is not simply obtained because you wish it so.
Do we really believe the hypocrisy in the killings will bring about peace and restoration? Unbridled anger never resolved anything with any person. I’ve heard it said, “Anger makes room for the unthinkable.”
This was proven on this night, the 7th day of July. Anger has brought division. Division has brought unbridled anger as it has led to hypocrisy and injustice. Injustice will continue as the innocent are killed for the sake of retribution. For unbridled anger will never bring peace, only more blood shed and the loss of freedom, peace and any hope for restoration.
God, please forgive us and heal our nation. Please bring unity and rest. Protect the innocent and open the eyes of all. For You are the only One who can save us! We must reach out across the aisles. We must lay down our agendas for the sake of our future. We must seek a higher call than ourselves and selfish ambition.
“Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.” Proverbs 22:24
“A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.” Proverbs 15:18
I sit and ponder
Wondering what words to use
I read. I peruse. I pause.
I stand and wait
I listen intently for what You have
I look. I walk. I breathe.
Sometimes, I wonder if I hear clearly.
Sometimes, I question if you care.
Sometimes, I doubt I am able.
I know You have best in mind.
Yet, I struggle with the waiting.
I know Your love is the best.
Yet, I wrestle with the longing.
Nothing can compare
Nothing can comprehend
Nothing can hinder
Nothing can resist
You are my everything
Even when I feel undone
I know You are below
Even when I cannot hear
I know You are lacking
Even when I cannot see
I know You are beyond
Penned – MG – 7/7/16
In every situation, you hold in your hands water and gasoline. The one you choose will determine the outcome of the given situation.
For instance, if you find yourself in the middle of a gossip situation, and you’re wondering what you should do, you have a choice. You can pour gasoline on the flames to fuel the stories, or you can pour water to put them out.
If your child comes running to you in fear, whether it be a dramatized fantasy or a realistic paranoia, what you do in that next moment matters. Sometimes, it will determine the growth of courage or a lasting lifetime fear. Do you throw the gasoline or water?
If your co-worker is infuriated with your boss because of a legitimate injustice being served, what do you do? You hold water and gasoline within your power.
If your friend is in desperate need of a life change. Maybe you know Christ, but you’ve been a little intimidated by their rejection of this saving grace. You know what peace you have found in your moments of fear, of anger and of brokenness; yet, you’ve hesitated to share your story. You hold water and gasoline within your grasp. Which will you choose??
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Can you hear Him calling you beyond the trees?
He can heal you. He can restore you. He can make you whole.
He will love you. He will strengthen you. He will set you free.
I promise, you’ll feel better than you came. You’ll leave a little lighter, and you’ll long for a soon return.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
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Happy Fourth to all. I love my country. It may not be perfect, but it is still a good nation, and I know it CAN be great again! This land was made great by the men and women who fought and died for it, and I am thankful for my freedom today. America was a land they dreamed of, believe in, fought for and were willing to die for. That is what it takes to make a nation great: dreams, aspirations, application and sacrifice. Can you remember…?
Her majestic mountains once rose above the clouds;
They once challenged men to climb her rugged stairs to bow.
Her magnificent waterfalls once dropped deep into the valley;
They once inspired men to race down her rocky waves to rally.
Her awesome wildlife once soared above or scurried below;
They once entranced men to follow her and reap what they’ve sown.
These men have come and abused her rugged land.
They have crumbled her majestic mountains to form contraband.
These men have come and drained her waterways.
They have closed her powerful rivers to produce longer days.
These men have come and devastated her wilderness.
They have destroyed her beautiful creatures to make a their money nest.
Because of this, America is in what we abide.
Man has taken over, ruled and abused her countryside.
They have caused her air to pollute, her animals to scatter and her flowers to wilt.
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